top of page

Post-Surgery Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Some of the surgeries we work with: Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Breast Augmentation, BBL, Face Lift, Gender Affirming, Orthopedic, Oral, C-section, Hysterectomy, & more

Why choose Evolved for your Post-op MLD?

Extensive training in MLD and Post-Op MLD

Certified in Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage (school: KLOSE)

Completed ACOLS Advanced 4-day Post Plastic Surgery Intensive

Completed Kathleen Lission's Plastic Surgery Recovery + Fibrosis Massage, Compression, and Massage after Tummy Tuck courses

Sessions are more than just massage

Post-op sessions can include MLD, cupping, gua sha, red light therapy, fibrosis and myofascial massage, scar tissue massage, and other forms of massage for muscle tension or tissue release.

Have another set of experienced eyes on you during healing

Clients often go weeks before a follow up with their surgeon. Or maybe their surgeon is in another state or country, and follow-ups are virtual. MLD from an experienced Post-op therapist often calms anxiety on what is normal in healing. It also gives you a heads-up if something is a concern and needs to be addressed.

Focus on client comfort

Post-op clients have limitations on how they can lay. Amber uses stools, chairs, wedge pillows, and bolsters to make sure clients feel secure and can be as comfortable as possible. Positions may include standing, laying on a side, on the back or front, or sitting in a chair.

Self-Massage, Home Care + Compression Garments

During a session, Amber may demo how to do MLD on yourself at home, as well as other tricks to encourage lymphatic flow. Compression garments make a huge difference in healing for many types of plastic surgeries. Amber can provide feedback on fit, foam padding inserts and other questions. 

You are unique and deserve personalized care

Amber offers a free 15-min phone consultation, to discuss concerns in detail and ensure timing is correct for your unique surgery. Each session starts with reviewing your concerns and outlining how the session will proceed. A session will end with Amber describing what she's noticed, how you can change home care to improve any issues, and a recommendation the timing of another session, if needed. Amber can send a plan of care and session information to a client's surgeon (requires in office release).

Email if you have questions and cannot schedule a free phone consult.

MLD Session Costs

60-minutes $130     90-minutes $190

Free 15-minute Phone Consults Available

MLD Package Options

Packages of 10 - 60-minutes (expires in 8 weeks)   $1,200.00

Package of 3 -  60 minutes (expires in 4 weeks)   $375.00

Package of 3 -  90 minutes (expires in 4 weeks)   $555.00


What is Lymphatic massage?
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

Lymphatic massage is a general term for massage that moves or stimulates lymphatic fluid.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage (Vodder method) is the name for the heavily researched technique proven to help reduce swelling and increase flow of lymphatic fluid. It may reduce pain, edema and bruising post-surgery; as well as aid in the overall healing process. 


NOTE: This type of manual lymphatic drainage DOES NOT include expressing fluids through surgical sites. To receive that type of work you need to see a medical professional, preferably your surgeon's office. Massage therapists in Texas are not licensed to perform such work.

Does lymphatic massage hurt?

MLD is gentle and rarely painful. While individual experiences may vary, many clients fall asleep or report deep relaxation during sessions. Immediately after surgery some discomfort may occur, especially around incision sites or areas of swelling. The most pain a client may face is usually undressing from compression garments and getting onto the table.


It is important to communicate any concerns or sensitivities to your therapist, as they can adjust the pressure to ensure a comfortable experience. 

When should I start lymphatic massage after surgery?

How often should I get lymphatic massage?

The ideal Lymphatic massage plan would start with 1-2 sessions BEFORE your surgery. This primes your lymphatic system and body for the procedure and healing process.

Depending on intensity of the surgery, you can start MLD massage 2-5 days after your surgery. If you are having several procedures at once; like a mommy makeover, I recommend waiting one week. Please call or text if you have questions about your plans; (512) 387-7037. 

For the total number of MLD sessions, it can range between 3-20 sessions. It depends how your body is responding post-surgery. I take pride in being honest with my clients as I'm in this industry to help you heal. I educate clients on how to take care of their surgery sites and do self-massage, if indicated.


I offer packages of three and ten 60-minute MLD sessions and ten 30-minute MLD sessions. 30-minute sessions are only done as a follow-up to a 60- or 90-minute session AND require my personal approval that 30-minutes is enough time to complete a session. If someone who's had a mommy makeover would need a 60-minutes, while someone who's had facelift may only need 30-minutes.

Does lymphatic massage help with weight loss?

There is little to no scientific research on effectiveness on weight loss. There are two main types of lymphatic massage; Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and Brazilian body sculpting. MLD training involves 40+ education hours and a certification process with a handful of established schools. MLD has numerous studies on effectiveness for surgical recovery. 


Brazilian body sculpting is much more vigorous than MLD and has techniques which are counter-intuitive to what is taught in MLD Post-op trainings. Brazilian style training is less established and there are dozens of practioners who offer their own 'brand' of training. Brazilian lymphatic massage is what you see on Instagram with the toned before and after photos. 


Marxen, T., Shauly, O., Goel, P., Tsan, T., Faria, R., & Gould, D. J. (2023). The Utility of Lymphatic Massage in Cosmetic Procedures. Aesthetic surgery journal. Open forum, 5, ojad023.

bottom of page